Guy Using Google Maps Takes A 15 Min ‘Shortcut’, Finds Out That Even Google Wants To Kill Him In Australia

Published 5 years ago

The era of paper maps is long over. Nowadays most of us have either built-in GPS in our cars or smartphones in our pockets that show us the fastest way to get from point A to point B. But even they sometimes make mistakes – and this Australian man experienced it first hand.

In an interview with Bored Panda, Bruce, the main hero of the story, said it was supposed to be a simple hour-long trip to meet some friends at a campsite. “It was just a quick one-nighter as we could only really manage to get the 5 mates together for that one night,” said the man. As he was driving along the Blue Mountains, Google Maps suggested Bruce take a 15-minute shortcut – so he did. But what he didn’t know, was that he was in for a trip of his lifetime – the quick shortcut eventually turned into a two hour trip through the wilderness.

Check out this man’s unexpected trip in the gallery below!

h/t: Bored Panda

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“So I have a reasonably heavily upgraded Ford Ranger, and when google maps told me that there’d be a quick, 15min savings while doing off road, I thought “yeah sure, let’s give it a try”. I was meeting mates to go camping for the night.”

“The road google maps took me down initially… this road hadn’t been traveled for a while D: This is in a pine plantation – hence all the felled trees.”

“After this area, I realized I might have bitten off more than I could chew due to the fact there was very limited space to turn around…. so I kept going anyway. I had about ~1000km of diesel (~550miles) left, a tent, a CB UHF radio and enough water and beer to survive a night. Cell access is available from the top of some hills.

This is in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia.”

“About 500m road leading down a mountain…. These drops are each heavily rutted. No problems. But I did realize that after this it could be troublesome going back… so onwards!”

“More ruts… There was a lot of “controlled” sliding going on, which is where you are literally sliding on the belly of your car, using the steepness to help keep you sliding, without guarantee of wheels touching the ground.”

“After the sketchyness I ended up in a bit of a rainforest. So took some photos while crossing rivers.”

“The road turned to more of this which was nice and just a scenic drive.”

“Allo there. The kangaroos here were pretty laid back and didn’t really care that I was driving up next to them.”

“Hey buddy. Apologies for the fuzzyness, the phone camera was zoomed. Come at me bro!”

“More come at me bros.”

“The one on the left decided to hop away. After this I made it to my campsite, not 15mins early but 2hrs late… It was worth the adventure anyway.”

“And this little guy gave us a visit the next day. It was 45c/113f according to my car… It felt like it. Previous day was about 38.”

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adventure, Australia, camping, Google Maps, kangaroos, off road, Shortcut, Sydney
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